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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About ADHD

ADHD begins before age 12 and sometimes stretches into adulthood. If you or your child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

1. Could it be something else that has similar symptoms?

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2. What could have caused it? Will ADHD be passed down in my family?

3. Is medication necessary? Are there other treatments? What are the pros and cons of stimulants vs. non-stimulant medicines?

4. How do the drugs work? What are the side effects? Is long-term use harmful? Is there testing that needs to be done before starting some medicines?

5. What are the risks of taking too much of stimulants prescribed for ADHD? What are the risks of using street drugs or alcohol when taking medicines for ADHD?

6. Do people outgrow ADHD?

7. How will ADHD affect me (or my child)? Where can I learn more about how to live with ADHD?

8. What, if any, accommodations might be needed for school, home, or work?

9. How often do I (or my child) need to see a doctor?  Do I (or my child) need to see a doctor to get my prescription renewed?

10. Does having ADHD put me (or my child) at risk for developing other mental health disorders in life?

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 10, 2014

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